Friday, December 29, 2006
I recently discovered that Pantene accepts donations of hair that are 8 inches or more. This was great news to me because I had 8 inches! (9 to be more exact). So yesterday I called my hair dresser, Kathleen and told her I was ready. Fortunately she had an appointment today at 4! I was a bit nervous, but I love it! I think if I had waited much longer, they would have had to throw it out instead of using it for a wig (which hopefully they can). And just think how much I will save on hair products.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Not quite what I was hoping for
Monday, December 25, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Just to give credit (and advertising) where credit is due, our friend and photographer Christy Miller captured these photos of the kids - an amazing feat considering it was after a morning at church and before lunch. The photography is great, but it's sad that this was the best we could get Elisha to smile and pose. Of course, this was also after a couple dozen family shots, so maybe I shouldn't complain. I'm still thinking of appropriate captions...
"Womack Family Christmas Card 2006"?
(notice Madelyn is not smiling in any of them...)
Sunday, November 26, 2006
And then there is the ever-popular "toe in the mouth" move - quite impressive! (Just try to do it yourself!)
Monday, November 13, 2006
by Jaena Womack
‘Twas the month before Christmas and all through the town,
Every person was busy – no joy to be found.
With their calendars full and great plans made with care,
They knew that the holidays soon would be there.
I’m all ready to go, with my red Santa’s cap
Though I’d rather hole up for a long winter’s nap!
The family is coming for turkey and pie;
There is work to be done; there are groceries to buy:
Cranberries, plum pudding, mincemeat and hams,
Flour, sugar, eggnog, marshmallows, and yams,
Cashews and pretzels and chocolate for dipping,
And full-caffeine hazelnut coffee for sipping,
I can’t forget ice cream -- six quarts, Neopolitan --
Good grief! I may need a sleigh just to haul it in!
Yes, it’s happened again: preparations gone wild,
And I’m half-Martha Stewart half-Julia Child.
Yet there’s still more to do! Let me show you my list –
I have shopping and wrapping and my kids insist
That we spend one whole day finding just the right tree,
Then we finally select one at least nine foot three
Which we drag to our house through the ice and the sleet…
(Never mind that our ceiling is only eight feet.)
Now it’s off to the mall for a fourteen-hour sale
With holiday coupons received in the mail.
With such bargains around…well, it isn’t too hard
To max out my VISA and Discover card.
So I head for our home with my presents in tow
And if this year is much like the past years, I know
As I pull in the driveway and walk through the door,
I’ll be greeted by sounds of my husband’s loud snore.
My children have fallen asleep on their beds
With clothes still on bodies and hats still on heads.
I grab the remote and turn off the TV,
Collapse on the couch, almost too tired to see…
I’ve run myself ragged with plans so sublime
Now I ask, “What’s the point? Is it all worth my time?”
In the silence I treasure a brief interlude;
My thoughts become clear, and I humbly conclude
That it’s not in the presents wrapped under the tree,
It’s not in the friends or the family you see,
Of course it’s not Rudolph or old Santa Claus,
Or donating money to some worthy cause.
No, it all traces back to the night long ago…
To the mother and child and the story we know
But we often forget as we bustle around,
The true meaning of Christmas can only be found
In the birth of a baby – the long-promised king
Who caused shepherds to wonder and angels to sing.
That’s why we celebrate, though some don’t know,
Christmas is Jesus’ birthday, and so…
What I whisper aloud as I turn out the light
Is not, “Merry Christmas, to all a good night.”
Rather “Glory to God in the highest” and then
“Peace on the earth and good will to all men.”
Friday, November 10, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
Elisha bugging his cousin Anna (at least they are both smiling).
A final story: Emily Lamb dressed up as Cinderella and told her mom, Julie, that Elisha would be her prince. Ironically he was...her frog prince! If we only had a crown.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
There's something about visiting a pumpkin patch or apple orchard in the fall. Breathing in the crisp air, smelling the sweetness of apples and straw, hearing the combines and tractors harvesting in the fields. I love it!
Above are some photos from our recent trip to Hainlen's Orchard a couple of weekends ago. We went with the Lambs, who were gracious enough to still call us friends even after we led them on a wild goose chase through Swayzee, Sweetser, and finally back to Swayzee again, looking for the signs that would tell us where to turn. (In our defense, we think the signs have been removed...) Juile's dad saved the day (and our outing) by providing directions that did, indeed, lead us to the desired location. (Thanks, Mr. Gafford!) And once we got there, a good time was had by all!
Sunday, October 22, 2006
When someone asks me what I do now, my first response is that I am a stay-at-home-mom. This makes sense to me since I am not employed outside the home and I am primarily responsible for the care of our two children (while Jim is at work, at least).
My husband Jim, on the other hand, mentioned recently that he does not think this is an accurate answer. He belives that I am a full time volunteer. Not that he would actually say this to anyone expect me, but the idea got me thinking..."How much do I really stay at home?" and "How much of my time is spent volunteering?"
In my true task-oriented, left-brained fashion, I made a list.
My current weekly "outside the home meetings" include the following:
Sunday - attend church and possibly help in our venue "The Blend" if I make it on time and/or can leave Madelyn in the nursery
Monday - Usually an 8AM meeting about CWC Assimilation or Small Groups
Tuesday - MOMS Bible Study at Brookhaven Wesleyan Church (wonderul & I definitely recommend this to any mom "out there")
Wednesday - Teach Good News Club and lead class at ClubSplash
Thursday - MOPS or MOPS Steering Team meeting (3 out of 4 weeks), Ladies Small Group
Friday, Saturday - No regularly scheduled commitments unless you count trying to have a date night or family time
Along with that I have the following leadership committments:
MOPS Steering Team member: Creative Activities Co-coordintor
Member of Assimilation Planning Team at CWC
Member of CAT (Creative Arts Team) at CWC
Member of WMCR (Wesleyan Married Couples Retreat) Planning Team
Treasurer of CEF (Child Evangelism Committee) Committee: although I just resigned from that effective end of 2006 due to our other responsibilities
Director of KFC (Kids For Christ) Camp
Mini-job record keeping for friend's company
Balanced with Jim's schedule:
Work at Admissions
Lead a venue at CWC
Teach an adult Sunday School Class at CWC
Teach a Bible class at Lakeview (two days a week, starting next week)
Serve on Children's Board of Directors at CWC
Member of WMCR (Wesleyan Married Couples Retreat) Planning Team (we count these meetings as a date night!)
Whew! I am tired just reading this. On the other hand, it is also therapeutic; and I have made a few observations about my volunteering tendencies:
- I should stay away from anything that uses letters as an acronym to represnt itself: CEF, CWC, WMCR, KFC, etc...
- Deb wrote awhile back about how we all have the same amount of time but may chose to spend it differently. I think we also have the same potential for stress, and different things may or may not "stress out" different people. The jury is still out at this point on whether of not I am "stressed out."
- While some days it seems like everything is going along calmly, when things do get busy, they seems to get really busy (like overwhelmingly busy); and I haven't yet figured out how to fix that.
- I love to volunteer. I believe it is because one of my spiritual gifts is helps. (Is that bragging? It's just a factual result of those gifts tests.) Helping people is fulfilling to me, so I tend to find ways to do just that: help teach, help organize, help lead, help paint, help administrate (that's another of my gifts, by the way: administation). When I look at my involvement in this light, it can be an act of worship.
- On the other hand, I heard on the radio of a book on this topic that I don't want to read because it would probably say that *being* is better than *doing*. It's titled something like Having a Mary Mindset in a Martha World. I probably should get it, but I get tired of Martha always getting a bad rap (and I don't mean Martha Stewart.) I could go on, but this could be another post by itself.
Bottom Line: I am feeling like I need to evaluate what I do and why I do it. I can then reprioritize my time and make sure that I am putting first things first and so on.
Do any of you have suggestions for this process? How do you discern where to invest your time? I mean, let's face it, we could all volunteer our lives away for any number of valuable causes...what are the determining factors in your life?
Disclaimer: To anyone who reads who may be a recipient of my volunteering or helps, please do not read anything into this post. It is mostly a journal-type entry of my thoughts and processing. I am not trying to send any hidden messages or make anyone feel bad or guilty. :)
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
No, my new best friend is not a dessert...it's this amazing website I have been frequenting lately. I have often used Google to find a recipe, but Kraft foods has a site where you can type in the ingredients you have, and it will list a number of recipes that use those ingredients.
Today, for instance, I had an opened can of cherry pie filling that I needed to use, cream cheese and Cool Whip. I typed in the ingredients and "voilla" an assortment of recipes appeared, including "Cherries in the Snow" which is pictured above. I have used this feature for a number of dishes now and have officially labeled it my new best friend. At least until something better comes along...